Carr, Raiders edge out Titans yet again 26-16


If Davis is able to win matchups against the backup cornerbacks consistently, the Titans will have too many options for the Raiders to cover effectively on any given play, which should spell doom for a suspect Oakland defense.

The teams traded field goals to close out the first half, and Oakland led 13-10.

Carr threw for two touchdown passes Sunday and Tavecchio kicked four field goals in his National Football League debut as the Oakland Raiders bagged a 26-16 Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans in Nissan Stadium. Also, there was an instance where the Raiders were on the one yard line, and Carr threw it at Cooper three straight plays instead of giving Lynch the goal line carry.

Mariota and the Titans will look to bounce back against divisional rival, Jacksonville next week, while the Raiders host the Jets.

Playing in his first game since he suffered a broken leg against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16 last season, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished 22-of-32 with 262 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Mariota rushed for 26 yards on three carries, along with a touchdown. Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio made four field goals (20, 52 (2x), and 43 yards).

Luani's first play: Shalom Luani, a seventh-round draft pick from Washington State, quickly developed a reputation for being around the ball. The Titans sacked Carr on back-to-back plays early in the second quarter with Wesley Woodyard, then Derrick Morgan taking the quarterback down. The Titans had to settle for a field goal.

The only other touchdown that was scored in the game was in the fourth-quarter by Raiders receiver Seth Robert from 19 yards out. Defensively, the addition of Logan Ryan and rookies like Adoree' Jackson should be awesome.

The big story for Oakland coming into the season was whether its defense would be stout enough to support its high-powered offense. Oakland won 12 games last season, but it was Carr breaking his ankle in Week 16 that really ended their season. The Titans converted on five of seven third downs in the first half, keeping Oakland's offense off the field. To see that kind of defensive effort against a solid rushing attack in Tennessee was outstanding.

As beginnings go, it was an even better one for Giorgio Tavecchio. He showed his unsafe legs (three rushes for 25 yards and a touchdown) and ability to make improvised plays on the move. The defense will determine whether this team can emerge as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.